Research Technician

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 09 Jun 2023

Posting Information
Posting Information

Department Pharmacology-424001
Career Area Research Professionals
Is this an internal only recruitment? No
Posting Open Date 05/23/2023
Application Deadline 06/09/2023
Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA)
Position Title Research Technician - Journey
Salary Grade Equivalent GN06
Working Title Research Technician
Position Number 20056101
Vacancy ID P017513
Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited Full-Time Permanent
If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment
Hours per week 40
Work Schedule
Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range $35,809-$44,000
Pay Band Information
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Position Summary Information

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The UNC School of Medicine has a rich tradition of excellence and care. Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of North Carolinians, and others whom we serve. We accomplish this by providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research. We strive to promote faculty, staff, and learner development in a diverse, respectful environment where our colleagues demonstrate professionalism, enhance learning, and create personal and professional sustainability. We optimize our partnership with the UNC Health System through close collaboration and commitment to service.
Our vision is to be the nation’s leading public school of medicine. We are ranked 2nd in primary care education among all US schools of medicine and 5th among public peers in NIH research funding. Our Allied Health Department is home to five top-ranked divisions, and we are home to 18 top-ranked clinical and basic science departments in NIH research funding.
Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of North Carolinians and others whom we serve. We accomplish this by providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research.
Patient Care: We will promote health and provide superb clinical care while maintaining our strong tradition of reaching underserved populations and reducing health disparities across North Carolina and beyond.
Education: We will prepare tomorrow’s health care professionals and biomedical researchers by facilitating learning within innovative curricula and team-oriented interprofessional education. We will cultivate outstanding teaching and research faculty, and we will recruit outstanding students and trainees from highly diverse backgrounds to create a socially responsible, highly skilled workforce.
Research: We will develop and support a rich array of outstanding health sciences research programs, centers, and resources. We will provide infrastructure and opportunities for collaboration among disciplines throughout and beyond our University to support outstanding research. We will foster programs in the areas of basic, translational, mechanistic, and population research.
Position Summary
The primary purpose of this position is to service as a Research Technician in the laboratory of Dr. Bryan Roth, Michael Hooker Distinguished Professor of Protein Therapeutics and Translational Proteomics, UNC School of Medicine. The Roth lab studies the structures and function of G-Protein coupled receptors.
(GPCRs). The research technician will conduct experiments supported by the National Institute of Health within the research areas of Psychoactive Drug Screening Program (PDSP) which provides screening assays at G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) at no cost for eligible investigators.
The PDSP performs assays in a high-throughput screening (HTS) fashion. The plates are prepared using an automatic liquid handler and an automatic storage manager (robots). The main task for the research technician is to assist operating the robots, the selected candidate will be trained for the robot operation. The PDSP recycles the conductive tips used by the robot, the research technician will also help with the conductive tip racking and washing.
Additionally, this technician will also be trained to carry out pharmacologic radioligand binding and cell-based functional assays in a HTS fashion with the large collection of GPCRs, transporters, and ion channels. The results for these assays will be posted on the PDSP database, carefully reviewed by the QC team, and once approved available online for the investigator.
The technician will help with the lab maintenance tasks: prepare lab stock supplies, buffers, reagents, and other components to carry out assays. Comply with all radioactive usage protocols, waste disposal, autoclaving and usage record keeping, safety and common-sense techniques.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.
Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
The successful candidate for this position should have the ability of multitasking, and to work comfortably in a multidisciplinary team.
Exceptional organization, record-keeping, and communication skills.
Ability to perform the precise work effectively and independently following the general instruction.
Ability to troubleshoot and learn new techniques.
Previous experience in a laboratory is required.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
BS on Biology, Chemistry, or related field. Familiar with basic science research techniques
Experience with pipetting small volume solutions, and basic cell culture techniques.
One year of related training or experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience.
Knowledge of GPCR, cellular biology and pharmacology is highly desirable.
Required Licenses/Certifications
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
Campus Security Authority Responsibilities
Not Applicable.
Position/Schedule Requirements Night work occasionally, Weekend work occasionally
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Equal Opportunity Employer Statement
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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